The 2013 NBA draft turned out to be a crazy ride with multiple surprise selections and several trades. And the Warriors, who began the night with no draft picks, found a way to contribute to the madness.
Golden State landed the pick it wanted, buying the No. 26 overall selection, then trading down twice to the No. 30 pick. There, the Warriors threw another twist. Instead of filling a need and drafting a big man, the Warriors selected a combo guard from Serbia.
Nemanja Nedovic -- a 6-foot-3, 192-pound 22-year-old -- was the result of the Warriors' exhaustive efforts to secure a draft pick. It was a head-scratching end to a wild first round.
"This was a different one," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said of this year's draft. "There was a ton of movement, a lot of teams looking to make deals. ... It was exciting. We kind of watched it as spectators for the first part of the draft. ... This was a rare moment to grab a first-round pick (without having to give up one), and we realized that halfway through the first round."
The first round saw UNLV forward Anthony Bennett become the surprise top pick. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, the projected No. 1, dropped to New Orleans at No. 6 and was then traded to Philadelphia for point guard Jrue Holiday. Sacramento, now led by former Warriors assistant Michael Malone, had Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore fall in its lap at No. 7.
And through it all, outgoing NBA commissioner
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David Stern, who hosted his final draft, playfully taunted the jeering crowd.
"We had to explain to our international audience that the 'boo' is an American sign of respect," Stern said to the crowd, provoking another round of boos.
The Warriors then concluded the memorable first round with a whirlwind of moves.
First, Golden State acquired the No 26 pick from Minnesota, along with former UCLA guard Malcolm Lee, by sending $1.6 million and a 2014 second-round pick to the Timberwolves.